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I am a Gamileraay woman who wants to leave this world better than it was when I arrived but we are going backwards which makes me angry and the result is I have a lot to say and sometime, the truth makes me unpopular.

I am also a suffering optimist, I try to see positivity in things but find that is generally only my family that provides the positivity in an otherwise politically depressing world.

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Monday, 19 January 2015

We live in Australia....

There is a great deal to be thankful about living in Australia.

For one, you are generally born in a hospital equipped to handle any amount of medical emergencies which may arise and if not, the facilities are available to fly you at a moment's notice to a state of the art hospital equipped to handle particularly complex cases. In essence, babies born in Australia are quite luck as they are afforded the best chance possible at a healthy arrival. This care and treatment is also available to you regardless of your socio economic status. When the chips are down, our health care system and wonderful professionals, dig in and give you the best possible care.

So lucky from birth? You bet you are!

After birth there are programs aimed to provide Mums with support during the tumultuous months of new motherhood, in which, nurses and doctors track your child's progress and development to ensure that your child's health and welfare is the best it can be.

Then there is education. In Australia we have several schools in every suburb in metropolitan areas, several schools per town in rural Australia and even in the most remote communities in Australia, there are either schools or appropriate transport services to facilitate travel to schools. Every child, male and female, are afforded the opportunity to be educated and then choose what they wish to do with that education.

Our homes, generally speaking, have the basic necessities for survival regardless of socio economic status. We all have a toilet to ensure sanitary excretion of waste, we all have showers/baths to ensure hygiene, we all have running water to be able to drink that liquid we seem to take for granted.

We have supermarkets where we can walk in and they will have shelves of food and shelves of drinking water, even though we have access to tap water at home. We have an abundance of food, food that by the billions of tons is wasted every year.

If we need to get somewhere, we have public or private transportation.

We have a system of social welfare that is intended to ensure a base level of living for all citizens of this nation whereby, they have access to financial resources to ensure they are able to be homed and eat.

I am not trying to paint Australia as faultless, there are many things wrong with our nation of which I am extremely vocal but I think it is necessary to point out this glaring inequality between what we take for granted in Australia and what is beyond the wildest imaginations of those not as fortunate to have been born here.

I am speaking of those who are born to mothers who have been raped and abandoned in a third world country without the resources to work and provide for her already large family; I am talking about the child who is left to fend for themselves because they were born to a mother who was sick and died; I am talking about a man who is born in a country where his very identity as a gay man is punishable by death so he fears so for his life that he desperately boards a boat with the promise of a nation of caring people ready to provide him asylum; I am talking about the 9 year old girl who has no concept of education because her only thoughts are to walk 10 kilometres to a rancid water hole to get water for her family and carry it back only to subsequently fall ill.

We as members of the human race are failing one another. There are a great many things wrong with our nation and I will discuss these issues later but the more pressing issue is what is wrong with the world.

The world is broken, segregated, cruel and lacking humanity.

What will it take for people to rise above complacency and seek a better world? When will governments make the betterment of humanity a larger priority than the persecution of the vulnerable? Why should the vulnerable be persecuted simply because of where they were born?

We need to realise that all mothers, regardless of race, religion or nationality, love their children just as much as the next mother. Because mothers of other circumstances raise their children differently or have to get their children to walk kilometres for water when you can't get your child to make their bed does not mean that mother loves their child less - it means that they need OUR help to ensure a better future for all.

In Australia, we responded with unity to a lone fanatic who sought to incite terror in Sydney with a siege that saw the deaths of two people. This even was frightening, and citizens recoiled at the horror as it unfolded on the news programs. We were relieved for the escape of the hostages and devastated at the death of two innocent people. This event had citizens converging upon Martin Place to pay their respects and there are plans to make a memorial which is an incredibly beautiful symbol of respect and love for those who lost their lives. They have touched the hearts of citizens and will not be forgotten.

In a remote village called Baga, as many as 2,000 have been slaughtered by a fanatical group called Boko Haram. There has been disgustingly minimal reports about this horror that innocent Nigerians are being subjected to and certainly no intervention or assistance by those of us from the fortunate western world to those victims or victim's families.

You see, we are desensitised to violence and abhorrent incidents until they happen here, IN THE LUCKY COUNTRY. We need to be outraged at the violence occurring EVERYWHERE, against ALL innocents regardless of their skin colour, regardless of their religious beliefs and regardless of their nationality.

I would like our governments to strive for humanity, strive to improve the lives of all innocent people world wide, enrich our communities with people that are grateful to be afforded the opportunity to lay their heads down at night without the fear of violence through the night, teach the people within our nation that they have a responsibility to contribute to society not just by paying taxes but by the very essence of who they are. The bogan mentality and "Straya" business is not an identity I am proud of and one we should be distancing ourselves from.

We are a nation of 30 million that is persecuting 700 vulnerable people, subjecting them to squalid conditions while they are fearful of rape, violence and reprisal by their supposed caretakers while they are processed.

If you would like to start some positive change, email me and we will work together to effect change positively. We will not allow continued complacency, we will insist governmental action, we will urge charities to flow the funds raised to the people in need rather than salaries. We will ourselves source funds and ensure they reach the people in need. Let us as everyday Australians show the world that we are not the people our government seems to think we are. We care, we want to help and we will use the benefits of living in this nation for the good of humanity, not just our own individual gain.

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